Lausanne - Russia has a zero tolerance policy on doping, the country's national
Olympic committee's president told the Olympic summit on Tuesday, saying
the "unfair" IAAF ban meant its athletes were "punished for the sins of
In an address to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) head by
president Thomas Bach, Aleksander Zhukov warned that it was "a crucial
moment which can strengthen or weaken the Olympic Movement, bringing it
"It is a matter of individual or collective responsibility of
athletes from those countries where anti-doping rules are being
violated. The protection of the rights of clean athletes also needs to
be discussed," he said.
"We are extremely disappointed by the decision of the IAAF Council to
ban Russian track and field athletes from international competition,
including the Olympic Games in Rio.
"We consider it unfair on the vast majority of our athletes who have never doped and have not violated any criteria."
Zhukov said dozens of samples had been checked by independent,
foreign anti-doping authorities after the suspension of Russia's RUSADA,
questioning who the IAAF now did not trust.
"Out of the several thousand samples taken from Russian athletes in
and out of competition over this period, only three turned out to be
positive, including one in athletics, for substances other than
Meldonium," which was found in 49 samples, he said.
Zhukov added: "Do you really think it is fair to make it impossible
for Elena Isinbayeva and Sergey Shubenkov to participate in the Olympic
Games which will be attended by Tyson Gay and twice disqualified for
doping Justin Gatlin?
"From the perspective of Russian athletes, it is an extreme injustice
and humiliation. And just imagine – in the absence of athletes who
never violated any rules - how cynical Yuliya Stepanova's participation
will be, after she was disqualified for doping some time ago."
800m runner Stepanova received a two-year ban from the IAAF in 2013
after abnormalities showed up in her biological passport, but then
turned doping whistleblower before seeking exile.
"Banning clean athletes from the Rio Olympic Games contradicts the
values of the Olympic Movement and violates the principles of the
Olympic Charter; it is also legally indefensible and devalues their
competitors’ success," Zhukov continued.
"The Russian athletes who have never violated anti-doping rules and
RusAF will appeal to CAS in order to protect the interests and rights of
all athletes who have proven their innocence and have not used
prohibited substances or methods."